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About Steve Knowles
Steve Knowles is a longtime aviation buff who specializes in studies of World War II. He had a successful career in broadcasting and television programming sales management before becoming a full-time writer.
Knowles was based in New York, Boston and Chicago with CBS Radio, Warner Bros. Television, and independent television producer Carsey-Werner. He also created and hosted a radio program “Church and State” in the early 2000’s. It was through his media associations that he met Frank Boyle while Frank was running Frank Boyle & Co., a brokerage engaged in the sale of radio and television stations.
Knowles double-majored in History and Journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the father of four adult children and resides near New York City.
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Staff Sergeant Frank Boyle flew 35 bombing missions over Nazi-occupied Europe in World War II at a time when most American bomber crews weren’t surviving 12 missions. The courageous 6 to 8 hour flights of the Hell’s Angels, 303rd Bomb group of the 8th Air Force based in England became legendary for their destruction of Nazi Germany from 30,000 feet.
Boyle was a ball turret gunner positioned on the belly of the now celebrated B-17 bombers of the American Army Air Force. His job was to spot German fighters as they flew up from the ground, alert others and then shoot down the fighters with his two 50 caliber machine guns. Over 23,000 American airmen were killed in the air war over Europe during World War II. Frank, by his own admission, was one of the lucky ones.